Strengths: Rock solid frame. Brakes have worked well. Looks great- loads of frame and style compliments from more experienced riders (shocking, I know!)
Weaknesses: Crankset (warped after several months).
Heavy hardtail makes some climbing difficult (but, hey, it's a DJ bike!)
Perfect bike for beginners to big DJ/urban hitters. If you can't afford the Giant STP ( which should be your first choice), this bike will work just fine.
Coming out of BMX, I bought this bike because the frame geometry was familiar and it had front suspension and a few extra gears than what I was used to. I've ridden everything from more technical singletrack to heavy street riding with 8 ft. flat bottom drops.
I'm over 200 lbs and this bike has taken everything I've thrown at it, and I ride very hard. It's taken huge drops and bigger bails with only a few minor paint scratches. The crankset warped, but I attribute that to my size (6'3", 210lbs.)
My riding style has changed as I've fallen in love with mountain biking and my interests have changed from street influenced riding to AM/FR.
I'll keep this bike as long as possible, though, and upgrade as necessary, for the days I want to ride DJ and street.
a Weekend Warrior
from timmins ontario canada
Date Reviewed: December 11, 2010
Strengths: Looks sharp, good geometry, super low rolling resistance, Nice frame.n The price was sure nice for the gruppo you get.
Weaknesses: The Forks. The stock RST Launch forks are "ok", they work reasonably well, and DO have adjustable preload but would like to have adjustable dampimg. Unfortunately they have to go cheap somewhere to get to this low price point.
Shifts like a dream, rolls like a dream, This is the BMX for adults I've been dreaming of. With a little careful dialing in the gears work flawlessly and the brakes hit (almost) as hard as a good set of hydraulics. I LOVE the frame geometry and the gear ratios are just about optimum for my riding style. I do a lot of downhill in the cement jungle, jumping off walls, loading docks, bunnyhopping curbs etc., and the bike lets me ride waaay over my head. Note that I am 49 yrs old and over 200#. This is way outside of the bike's intended design use, but it never lets me down. Forks are a bit low buck, but not so bat that they have to go right away. This was by far the best bang for the buck in THIS town.
from greece athens
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2009
Strengths: realy strong frame
can be upgrade at future
Weaknesses: you have to spend around 600$ for make it good
and its heavy until you upgrade it with lightest parts
great bike realy strong i am doing downhill with this
and i have make it better than kona cowan
i am telling u to buy it its great but you have to change
handlebars (put truvatuv world cup)
chain ccuild (put truvativ box guild)
and fork (put rock shoc agryle 318)
this bike is cheap because have parts that suck if you change it you have a bike that can dirt and soft downhill
I scored a set Hope Pro evo II laced to WTB I23 wheels off ebay for 500 shipped. Installed a set of Conti Xking II 2.2 Protection tires with stans tape & valves. I dropped 4.8lb off the complete set wheels, tires, rotors, and cassette. I am waiting for my new skewers. Always ran XT hubs on all my bi ... Read More »
Hey all, first post. I wanted to get advice, input on wheather a Giant Brass 2 is ok for singletrack trails, I want to get this bike for my son, he's 14 and likes jumping ramps and we go to local mtb trails with his dept store special that is on its last leg. He's used his brothers trek 6000 and bro ... Read More »
So after more test rides and actually taking some bikes on rides more than just the parking lot, it seems these style bikes appeal to me more, and at the end of the day, have been more fun. I've narrowed it down to these two, and will be pulling the trigger on one of them tomorrow, just looking for ... Read More »
Hey all. I have been getting into the whole urban riding thing and want something to beat on and huck curbs and stairs and just fart around downtown. I dont have alot of money to spend right now and came upon the Giant Brass 2 at my LSB (I came in looking for an STP) and the guy showed me the Bras ... Read More »
Just need a comparison between these bikes, here is the link for the two:
Stp2: Worth $1095aud
Brass: Worth $695aud
[URL="http://www.bikeobsession.net/ ... Read More »